New Director Appointed to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Laurence Bond IHREC DirectorThe Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Laurence Bond as its new Director, following an open recruitment process carried out by The Public Appointments Service (PAS).

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said:

“It is a great pleasure to warmly welcome Laurence into the role of Director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

“Laurence brings a wealth of experience in senior management in public administration, and through his professional experience brings in-depth knowledge of, and a deep commitment to, the promotion of human rights and equality in Ireland.”

Prior to his appointment as Director, Laurence had served as the Head of Research for the Commission, and comes to the role having worked previously as Head of Research in the legacy body, the Equality Authority from 2002. Prior to working in the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Laurence worked in research, policy analysis and campaigning in the public, and voluntary sectors, including with the National Economic and Social Forum, and the Combat Poverty Agency.

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Notes to editor:

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was set up on 1 November 2014 as an independent public body to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Act 2014 sets out the functions of the Commission, i.e. to ensure that:

• there is respect for, and protection of, everyone’s human rights;
• there is respect for the dignity and worth of each person;
• a person’s ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice, discrimination, or neglect;
• everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to take part in the economic, political, social or cultural life of the State; and
• people respect each other, respect equality and human rights, and understand the value of diversity within society

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights institution and is recognised as such by the United Nations. The Commission is also Ireland’s national equality body for the purpose of a range of EU anti-discrimination measures.

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